While homelessness in America is no new phenomenon, it's persistence begs the question; what is to be done about the homeless?
In New York City, home to over 57,000 homeless people, parks have been "taken over" by homeless people not living in shelters.
And this is a common solution both for homeless people, and the residents that they seem to be disturbing. Yet this has been employed in New York City, and while it is used by many homeless people, most find the system to be less than desirable.
Similar problems in Fort Lauderdale Florida have led to an ordinance prohibiting feeding homeless people. At least one person however finds this unfair, and continues to feed homeless people in spite of two prior arrests for doing so.
This inevitably poses the question, what extent should the government be able to restrict what we as citizens can do?
That is, should they be able to prevent people from feeding homeless people?
Additionally, is this method a practical tactic against homelessness? Is it morally right?
What is it about our current political climate that makes most Americans less sympathetic to homeless people, and less inclined to give government more power?
(E.g. under FDR the government imposed rationing on many goods as a result of the Great Depression)
Are shelters an apt solution to the homeless question?